Asheville and Radford Win Wednesday
UNC Asheville 4, Gardner-Webb 0
UNC Asheville remained perfect in Big South Conference play with a hard-fought 4-0 victory over visiting Gardner-Webb Tuesday afternoon at the Asheville Racquet Club downtown.
The Bulldogs (10-7, 3-0 BSC) and Runnin' Bulldogs (6-12, 0-5 BSC) had to be moved inside due to a torrential thunderstorm that hit the Asheville area right after doubles was completed. Asheville earned the doubles points and then won three singles matches, two in three sets to secure the victory. The other three singles matches did not finish.
The Bulldogs picked up the doubles point and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the match with three tough wins. Jonas Brobeck and Matt Waissen earned an 8-5 win at #1 doubles. Thomas Rees and Adrien Langeard won at #2 doubles by the same score. Pete Conaty and John Schubel won at #3 by an 8-6 score.
In singles play, Langeard won convincingly at #1 over Korhan Ates, 6-1, 6-2. At #2 singles, Matt Waissen fell in the first set to A. Knutson-Sundblad, 2-6. But Waissen roared back in the next two sets to win 6-1, 6-3.
Jonas Brobeck clinched the win with his team-leading 11th singles win of the year. He outlasted Roman Piftor at #3 4-6, 7-6, 7-5. He stayed alive in the match in the second by winning a tie-breaker, 7-1.
Asheville is off until Friday and Saturday when the Bulldogs face two of the biggest road matches in school history. The Dogs play at Liberty on Friday and then face a first-place showdown with defending BSC champion Radford on Saturday.
Radford 4, Charlotte 2
Igor Ogrizek's victory on court two lifted No. 73 Radford to a 4-2 victory over Charlotte in non-conference men's tennis action Wednesday evening at the Burrows Burleson Tennis Center on the campus of Virginia Tech.
With the triumph, the Highlanders improve to 14-4 on the season, while the 49ers fall to 14-7 overall.
After about 15 minutes of doubles, play was halted due to severe thunderstorms in the New River Valley and completed indoors.
Radford got doubles victories from its top-two positions to take the early 1-0 advantage. Just prior to Ogrizek and Stin Meulemans clinching the team point on court two, Thomas Dehaen and Nicholas Sayer won their seventh straight with an 8-2 victory over Alex Calott and Jack Williams.
Not long after Dehaen (6-4, 6-2) extended the Highlanders lead to 2-0, Charlotte responded with victories from Calott (6-4, 7-5) and Nate Shanok (6-2, 2-6, 6-2) at positions three and six, respectively, to tie the match.
Sayer, who entered 78th in the country, bounced back with a convincing straight-set win at the top spot to improve 27-8 and put the Highlanders up for good.
With his club clinging to a 3-2 lead, Ogrizek defeated Jack Williams, 6-4, 6-4, to secure the winning point.
Radford will conclude its home slate this weekend with a pair of matches Saturday. The Highlanders will entertain conference foe UNC Asheville at 10 a.m. before entertaining Bluefield State at 3:30pm.